Thursday, 13 December 2012

Christmas card to Edinburgh


Spot the Edinburgh landmark in the shot below.


A real live Christmas card taking shape before your eyes is a bit of a surprise at 8.30 am on a chilly walk to work.  The camera flash makes it seem daylight, but at this time of year we are in midwinter half-light then.  Sunrise tomorrow is 8. 37 am, and sunset is 3.38 pm.


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  1. That is quite a detailed work of art. And I can't help loving the artist's red hat.

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    1. The hat is a real festive touch, isn't it? And now it's hanging in the window alongside the paint splattered overalls. I don't know where the artist has gone on to now!

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  2. What a talent this person is. It is hard for me to imagine sunset at 3:38pm.

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    1. I'm always amazed at how blobs of paint which just look like blobs of paint close up turn into meaningful shapes when you stand at a distance. How can the artist see that?!

      It is DARK just now!

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  3. That's fabulous. Linda! Such short days you are having - they will soon start to get longer.

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    1. Yes, we're looking forward to the turn of the year.

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  4. WOW! This is pretty cool! It's a beautiful card...I can't imagine being the person sitting in there painting this.

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    1. On a practical note, I wonder if he got cramp. He was going into some real contortions.

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  5. I LOVE this and I am always amazed that you WALK to work!! I well remember December 21st 2009 at 2:30 PM as I walked along Union Street in Aberdeen, Scotland. It was DARK as NIGHT and the school buses were running. What a special time that whole month was for us and we relive it every December since!

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    1. Hello Linda, it would certainly have been dark in Aberdeen at that time on 21 December!
      My walk to and from work is my gym - and even better, it's free! I couldn't do without my 90 minutes of brisk walking a day, including the uphill slog in the morning.

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  6. That's amazing! Here in Montreal the sun rises at 7:10 A.M. and goes down at 4:10 P.M. Fear not! The days will start getting longer as of Saturday next week!

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    1. You have more daylight but I think you have lower December temperatures than we do. Not sure which I prefer!

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  7. Landmark: the Walter Scott monument, isn't it?

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  8. nice to see the artist at work , i like his hat ;)

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    1. It was the hat I noticed before it struck me that the person wearing it was painting.

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  9. Interesting - there's always something going on the city even on those dark mornings. Where about is this?

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    1. Sandy, it was in a window of John Lewis. The painting is now on display in the store, but I haven't had time to track it down yet.

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  10. That's amazing! I wonder if he occasionally got up and came outside to where you were standing, to get a better look at it from a bit of a distance? So talented. I like the 'bird's-eye-view' perspective.

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    1. I know, the creative process in art has always fascinated me. What made him decide, or know, that this was the perspective he wanted?

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    2. Hi Linda, I'm the guy who painted the picture. If you want to see the whole story check out the stop motion I made of the production.
      Http://Vimeo.com/55135251 The bit you shot here was the last third of a 21 foot image. The rest is still hanging in the John Lewis cafe till Xmas. Chris

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  11. Amazing! as an old Edinburgh resident it is great to see. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Glad to have given you a peek at Edinburgh, Angela. Your own art work is lovely.

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  12. What a charming Christmas treat!!!

    I always look forward to the Winter Solstice because I know then that the days will be getting longer every day!!!

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  13. Hi Linda,
    I'm the guy who painted the picture. Glad you liked the hat!
    you can see the whole stop mo clip of the Xmas mural in production on http://Vimeo.com/m/55135251
    super Christmassy with a Louis Armstrong soundtrack.

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  14. My dad used to tell me about the short days in winter and the and long long nights in Sweden, where he lived until he was 19. He died when I was 10 but I remember so many of the stories he told me.

    I loved the picture that artist painted and I loved your photo of it all. You have such a good eye for knowing just what to photograph. I always look forward to reading your blogs, even though I am often late. I can usually know I am about to see one or more of your wonderful photographs.

    I so hope that you have a wonderful Christmas, Linda.

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  15. You are an inspiration with all your brisk walking. Love the "Christmas card." Merry Christmas, Linda.

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  16. Love the Christmas Card - what a fab idea :)

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